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Jaclyn McJunkin - USA

US veteran studies abroad at UNSW.

Course: Sociology & International Relations
Institution: The University of New South Wales
Location: Sydney, NSW

I chose Australia because I needed a reputable English-speaking university with an outstanding Sociology program. I was mostly concerned with being able to transfer credits back to my home university with ease. When I got here I decided I couldn't leave and chose to stay and pursue a Masters in International Relations.

Initially I worried about the process in order to get the support I would need as a veteran in terms of using my GI Benefits to cover tuition, etc. I was ready to speak to a robot answering machines and wait weeks to be called back. To my surprise, my call was answered right way and I immediately felt at ease. Within hours of our phone call I had 4 emails from people in other departments, admissions and financial aid, ready and willing to help me. Throughout the months each of my questions and worries were answered, and actually, upon seeing that I required additional loans for miscellaneous expenses, it was suggested that I apply for the office scholarship for extra help.

Undoubtedly having studied in Australia in combination with my Military experience will make me an asset to any organization that I’m employed with. It demonstrates cross-cultural diversity and adaptability and it makes veterans multi-dimensional.

Using GI Benefits to study in Australia is beyond easy. You just fill out 2 or 3 forms; sign a couple of signatures, emails to the coordinator and you done.

Listen soldiers, airmen, seamen, and marines. This is the best thing you can do with your benefits. I guarantee you the experiences you will have are worth every penny. At UNSW the staff is ridiculously helpful to international students and extra helpful to veterans! Best time of my life, I decided not to leave.

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